There are certain parts of my beauty routine that have taken longer to perfect than others. One of those for myself is definitely concealing under eye circles! Finally, I feel like I have developed a routine that works, still looks natural, stays all day, and doesn’t creep into the lines under my eyes. This was a result of trial and error, as well as reading about what works for others with my types of issues (also, sorry my brushes are dirty in this shot, but I use them daily!).
Let’s start with concealer: Currently, I’m using Cargo blu_ray HD concealer in the shade 01 Light/Medium. This is $28, but I actually found mine at Sephora in the fall when it was marked down to $7, since Cargo is not sold at Sephora anymore. It is a creamy liquid concealer that is applied by twisting it up through a sponge type applicator. The “sponge” is not at all like the Maybelline Age Rewind; it’s just an angled flat top applicator that is slightly fuzzy. I apply this directly to the under eye area and blend it in with the pointed tip of the Beauty Blender sponge.
The Beauty Blender is really the key to my concealer application! It ensures that the application is not too heavy and thick, which is definitely what I need to avoid having the concealer settle in the lines under my eyes.
There are two products I like to use to set the concealer. I DO NOT use these at the same time. It just depends on what I feel like for that day and what other makeup I’m wearing. First is Ben Nye Banana Powder. This powder surged in popularity after Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist said that’s what he uses as a setting powder. I like it because it evens out my skin tone and truly sets the concealer all day long. I usually use the Real Techniques pointed foundation brush from the core set with this powder, or the Sigma F35 brush.
The other product I like to use to set my concealer (again, I don’t use the banana powder and this at the same time) is MAC Pro Shaping Powder in Accentuate. Described as “peachy beige with fine pearl”, I find that this really brightens my eyes and the rest of my face when I use it as an under eye setting powder! I am seriously in LOVE with this powder.
Here are some swatches of all three in the shade. It was hard to swatch these since they blend into my skin so well, and they looked totally washed out in the sun.
I’m happy with this routine right now, especially the setting powders!